My work explores design in outdoor space, the opportunity for learning in an outdoor environment and design for disability. Design for disability is often an add-on with emphasis on barrier free design. My approach is empathetic design. Connectedness with our environment and especially green space has been shown conclusively to increase health and well being. Everyone should have access to good green space. Research into innovative education has realised the value of informal outdoor learning. Education in outdoor setting is beneficial to motivate young people and can provide routes back into education.
Diversity is a natural condition and designers have to welcome and embrace diversity. Professor J. Bickenback from the Canadian Centre for Disability, Law and Policy says, "Disability can be considered a fluid and continuous condition which has no boundaries but which is in fact, the essence of the human condition. Disability is something which will is experienced by us all at some stage in our lives. Disability is actually normal". The temporary nature of Shelter 77 allows for a wide variety of uses. Festivals, team building exercises and emergency shelters could be future uses for Shelter 77.